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The South East Midlands Start-up Programme

The South East Midlands Start-up Programme (SEMSUP), funded by the European Regional Development Fund, gives residents of Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire, Luton, Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire with free access to 12 hours of support for new business owners. 

What is The South East Midlands Start-up Programme?

This programme gives you free access to 12 hours of free business support to help you start your own business.

Choose which free support you would like (or have a blend of them all!):

  • one-to-one business advice
  • webinars and workshops
  • access to business start-up services
  • business incubation workspace
  • specialist social enterprise support 

The programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is being delivered by Wenta in partnership with The University of Northampton and The University of Bedfordshire.


Who is this programme for?

This free package of business start-up support is available to any resident of Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire, Luton, Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire. All regions within the SEMLEP area that is starting a new business. Whether you're a budding dog walker, scientist, shop owner or accountant, the support still applies.

We can help you register your company!
You don't have to be a registered company in order to access this package of support. Simply get in touch and we can also help you register your business if you wish.

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If you are starting a business and registered with 'The South East Midlands Start-up Programme', you could be eligible for a 'match-funded' business start-up grant ranging from £500 to £3000* to help you get things set up. 

This grant can be used towards any start-up or development costs which can be attributed to your new business such as: 

  • Marketing and promotional support
  • Website development
  • Professional/legal advice
  • Financial planning/advice
  • Intellectual property advice (trademarks, patents, design registration, copyright etc)
  • Software applications (CRM software, financial software etc)
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*Terms and Conditions apply. Subject to eligibility requirements. 

Claim your free 12 hours of business support now.

Workshops, webinars and networking: Attend our interactive workshops, focused on some of the key elements needed to help support and grow any new business. C

Explore workshops and webinars

One-to-one business advice: 
Be guided every step of the way with expert advice from a Business Advisor face-to-face, online or over the phone! They can help you with anything from writing your business plan to raising finances.

Book a business advice appointment


Incubation workspace: Use one of our exciting, interactive shared workspaces for business start-ups. Positioned in convenient locations, providing access to modern, flexible hot-desking facilities, an on-site business advisor and the opportunity to meet other entrepreneurs. 

Discover our incubation and shared workspaces

Exclusive offer!

Wenta is working in partnership with the Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce, to bring our South East Midlands Start-up Programme (SEMSUP) clients an exclusive offer of 12 months FREE membership to the Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce!*

Here's what you'll be getting from the Chamber, in addition to Wenta's SEMSUP benefits:

  • Networking events and other help to enable you to connect with fellow Chamber members
  • Access to an online Legal and HR package (700+ templates for HR, Health & Safety, Company legal documents, and other templates)
  • Access to the Chamber's discounted company benefits including discounted AA Cover, debt recovery, healthcare and more
  • Regular updates on local business news, grants, funding and local business support

Just sign-up to our start-up programme by using the below form and we'll do the rest!

*Ts&Cs apply. Membership subject to eligibility. Contact for more details.

Our Partners

This programme is being delivered by Wenta in partnership with The University of Northampton and The University of Bedfordshire.

The SEMSUP programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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